Patios should be a place for you to relax, soak up sun, share a meal with friends, or lounge with a good book in the shade. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the wide variety of choices available today, but knowing what pieces are the most functional, and those that are the most popular, will help you decide what pieces are best for you. Here’s a quick guide to the must-have outdoor patio furniture pieces.
Sofas and chaise lounges
Sofas are among the most popular and functional choices for patio comfort seating. They provide a place for one person to stretch out, but also offer an added seat or two for family members and guests. Sofas come in a range of sizes, from love seat to a roomy sectional. Determine how much seating you will need and if you plan to have any other seating, such as smaller chairs, when deciding on a size.
If you spend a lot of time sunbathing or relaxing poolside with a good book, consider a chaise lounge. This piece has an extended seating space that provides room to put up your feet. When selecting a chaise lounge that has a cushion, choose a high-quality cushion that will stand up to sun and will keep you cool even on the hottest summer days.
We love to dine outside during the summer. Bistro sets provide a relaxed space to dine al fresco for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These sets come with a small, round table and two chairs, although you can get some sets with more seating.
If you have a family or like to entertain, a dining set is a good choice for your patio. Some people like the traditional feel of a square or rectangular table, but round and oval tables create a more personal dining setting. If you are looking for versatility, there are tables available with fold-down leaves or removable center extension pieces that can meet the needs of any get-together.
Outdoor chairs function differently than the seating in your breakfast nook. Look for seats deep enough to allow guests to balance a plate of barbecue on their laps. Some people like the look of larger seats with comfortable cushions, while others want more simple chairs or even a bench. Island Lifestyles offers a number of seating combinations. We can walk you through your choices and help you find the right seating combination for your family.
There’s really nothing like a hammock when it comes to relaxing with a good book on a sunny day. Island Lifestyles has a number of hammock styles, both with and without stands. Hammocks today are made for one or two, are made of a range of materials and can even come with a shade cover. Whether you want a pool side hammock or one in the far corner of the yard, we can help you find the right hammock style.
Fire pits have become a popular feature for outdoor seating areas, providing a focal point in the yard as well as warmth in cooler months. You might be surprised to find that these pits are no longer roughly made stone pieces, but can come in a variety of materials and range from rustic to elegant. Gas-fired options provide less maintenance, while wood-fueled fire pits offer a wonderful campfire atmosphere. Contact the experts at Island Lifestyles for assistance choosing the perfect fire pit for your home and lifestyle.